My Story – The Birth of the Solar Flare


The adjective “unique” is often used to describe me. I take this as a complement because that usually refers to my unique drive to get things done. Sometimes it refers to my unique cooking methods. At other times the word unique is used to describe my frugal nature. Finally, unique describes the types of projects that interest me. I’ve been solar cooking for many years in secret to avoid the strange looks at parties and social gatherings. Now I’m coming out swinging to Improve the World One Solar Cooker at a Time.

Fourteen years ago I was given a parabolic solar cooker, sparking my entry into the prestigious company of solar cooking enthusiasts. The reality of its usefulness didn’t sink in until I began organizing my emergency food supply. I was trying to determine what gaps still existed to be prepared for an unforeseen problem. The search was a bit of a challenge because I had number ten cans and fifty gallon buckets hidden all over the house to keep them out of the site of visitors.

I looked at my list of emergency supplies and I looked at my solar cooker and I realized that I possessed a renewable energy source. Fuel for cooking what I had amassed in my family food supply was not sufficient to last more than a few days or weeks. Then the obvious hit me. I could use the solar cooker. That is when I began my fanatical testing of the cooker.

The parabolic cooker that I had worked ok but it was a prototype and I didn’t have a backup. While looking for components online I found that they were expensive and required hours of manipulating to get ready for use. The only way to make it affordable and convenient was to redesign the entire thing with more cost effective and reliable components. That was when Solar Zenith was born.

Other cookers cost several hundred dollars and didn’t even come with a cooking vessel. That never made sense to me because in an emergency I would have wanted something that was practical and I could use right out of the box year round. I slowly found components and tested them painstakingly year after year. Finally, I compiled all that
I needed to make a cooking system that was efficient, effective, and inexpensive. It is now known as The Solar Flare Solar Parabolic Cooking System.

The Solar Flare is a no frills solar cooking system. A solar cooking system is not complete without recipes that are geared toward this method of cooking. This is when I fell in love with the cooker. It turned out that just about anything I put inside of it came out tasting delicious. The unique design trapped in the flavors and never burned. I made chicken and rice, spaghetti, peach cobbler, bread, cake, meatballs, eggs, beans, fish, wheat berries, and
more. In addition to tasting great, it all cooked in 1-2 hours. This was half the time of conventional solar cookers and about the same time as regular cooking.

The other solar cookers I looked at were large, heavy, and often left a plastic like taste in the food due to their design.   I tried to combat these weaknesses by making a lightweight and compact solar cooking system that uses a sealed glass cooking vessel to seal in flavor. The cooking vessel will cook food and pasteurize water.

My goal has always been to make a solar cooking system that I would enjoy using. The Solar Flare was that system. Now I feel like I need to make it available to everyone. When I started Solar Zenith I wanted to help as many people as possible. Therefore, Solar Zenith sells the solar cooking system for a third of the price of the nearest competitor. I
now have the peace of mind knowing I have an energy source and energy insurance at my fingertips. I’m proud to offer a simple alternative fuel source to everyone!

Emily